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ICOM is the oldest acupuncture college in UK. The only one where you will learn how to integrate classical Chinese Medicine and contemporary acupuncture, Five Elements, TCM and Stems and Branches.
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Founded in 1972 by Dr. J.D. van Buren

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Are you considering training to be an acupuncturist?

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Students talk about reasons for joining ICOM and the course

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Welcome to the oldest acupuncture College and Clinic in the UK originally founded by Dr. van Buren in 1972 and still a vibrant learning centre thanks to the dedication and passion of our teachers, students, graduates and very supportive staff. In the videos above our Joint Principals give you an overview of the key aspects of ICOM and our training, highlighting some of the reasons why people from many parts of Europe choose this college.

If you are considering a career in acupuncture you’ll find extensive information on this website about our part-time and full time Undergraduate Courses, which are validated by the University of Greenwich, reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency and accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board. However, to get a real feel of the special atmosphere around this unique college, and to better explore the opportunities available to you, you may want to visit ICOM in person, come along to one of our Open Days or arrange an informal visit when at a time more convenient to you. Information about becoming an ICOM student and news about the local area will soon be available in our ‘Students and Alumni‘ section.

Here, ICOM students will also find news about events coming up, what happens at graduation, our seminars, trips and other student activities. We are also creating here a special area for our Alumni, with whom we would love to stay in touch; we’ll be publishing news about their practice, their teaching, interesting publications, and any other relevant activities that they are willing to share. The journey of the acupuncturist is one of constant self-development, reflection and lifelong learning.

As the experience deepens, so does the need to enhance one’s skills and knowledge; at ICOM we also offer a high quality CPD programme covering a wide variety of topics, delivered by experienced tutors and practitioners. Please look through the courses available, check the entry requirements and book your place online in our CPD section.

Course Information

Our main aim is to inspire first and then form proficient acupuncturists able to integrate Classical Chinese Medicine teachings in a contemporary clinical setting. Find more about our inspiring Acupuncture Courses or contact us directly

Clinic Information

Serving our community for more than forty years our college clinic is a reference point for acupuncture in the South of England. We offer many different treatment options. Find out more about our practice or inquire directly

This has truly been a special and soul stirring journey that has tested and nourished me at multiple levels. To all the ICOM teachers, deepest thanks for being able to transfer your passion for our profession in your own individual awesome ways. Having previously completed two degrees, I have never seen such dedication to teaching and care for students in all my various interactions with educational establishments. It has been a privilege to study here. Here’s to a lifetime of deep connections, fun reflections and needles!

Dhivya Sivanesan

2015 ICOM graduate

If you're resident in London whilst attending a degree course at ICOM, you're entitled to apply for the 18+ Oyster card that gives you 30% DISCOUNToff the price of Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.
If you’re resident in London whilst attending a degree course at ICOM, you’re entitled to apply for the 18+ Oyster card that gives you 30% DISCOUNToff the price of Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.
What makes ICOM special

The course totally transforms your being, giving you physical, spiritual and intellectual life skills.

It was amazing being immersed in study for three years! ICOM gives students an exceptionally solid and deep Knowledge, allowing us graduates to feel confident enough to use these many tools to give treatments even at the early stages of practice.

Madina Palmos

2015 ICOM graduate


Full-time – 3 years Part-time – 4-5 years Mostly 2-days per week attendance 1 for partimers


Full-time – 3 years Part-time – 4-5 years Largely on alternate weekends through the year, a few weekdays also included.

Post Graduate Courses

At least once a month High quality Acupuncture CPD opportunities for all acupuncturists designed to enhance your professional and personal development.

Open Days

Have a “feel” for the college and course so that you can decide whether you would like to study with us. Open days in 2016:

  • Wednesday 13 July
  • Wednesday 7 September
  • Saturday 19 November

Request our prospectus

If you would like to download our prospectus, please follow this link and join our mailing list. Your details will be kept confidential.

Admissions, Fees and Funding

Everything you need to to know about how to apply, our admission and funding policy. Go straight to the application form

Maximum students per year


Graduates since 1972

Our Acupuncture Course is based on a thorough grounding in the classics of Chinese Medicine and Philosophy. In addition to receiving a broad based education in classical and contemporary acupuncture approaches: Yin Yang, Five Elements and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – at ICOM you will also be taught about the contemporary application of the classical Chinese Stems & Branches philosophy. ICOM is the only College to teach Stems and Branches to such an advanced level and to teach the practical clinical application of this philosophy.

ICOM mission is to be a centre of excellence for acupuncture teaching, healthcare and research by the contemporary application of classical acupuncture.

Past graduates of the college are some of the current leading figures in the professional arena, including educators, writers and leaders of Acupuncture’s professional body. past_icom_s Our current faculty have vast experience in education and professional expertise; our teaching staff include two Doctors of Philosophy, an Executive Committee member of the British Acupuncture Council, and the former Principal of the British School of Osteopathy.

Easy to reach from all the South England and Europe

Conveniently located near Gatwick Airport, just outside London, there are excellent train links with London Victoria & London Bridge. We also offer FREE onsite parking for those who find it more convenient to drive. Travel Directions

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